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Geoff Coe's Blog – January 2013 Archive (4)

High risk, high reward: Islamorada Fine Art Expo (Jan. 26-27, 2013)

For Florida artists resigned to a steady diet of sprawling 300-tent, pole-to-pole layouts where the art takes a back seat to corn dogs, dog walkers, newspaper hawkers, music gawkers, and face-painting for the kiddos,  the Islamorada Fine Art Expo comes as a welcome respite. 

This second-year show is locally sponsored and organized, small in size (50 artists, down from 75 in its inaugural), and tightly juried to deliver quality art to a top-end demographic of snowbirds and year-long…

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Added by Geoff Coe on January 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 10 Comments

Little things, done well, produce big results: Sarasota Fine Art Festival (Jan. 19-20, 2013)

(Bill Slade just reminded me/us to post a review of this first year show. Bill: Was wondering what happened to you guys--hope you're feeling better! Here's my review:)

It takes nerves of steel to launch a new show in Florida, the Land of Outdoor Art Fair Over-saturation.  It takes commitment and execution to pull off a winner. And based on what I saw and heard this past weekend, Bill Kinney/Paragon Events' Sarasota Fine Art Festival did the improbable, if not impossible: hit…

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Added by Geoff Coe on January 23, 2013 at 9:05pm — 6 Comments

"It's a paycheck": Cape Coral Festival of the Arts (Jan. 12-13, 2013)

Cape Coral Festival of the Arts, located just across the ($2 toll) bridge from my S. Fort Myers home, is probably the easiest show I do all year, and it's certainly one of the most community-oriented.  Except for 2010, which featured bone-chilling cold and the never-before-experienced thrill of seeing ice fall off my flaps when I unzipped on Sunday morning, the crowds always turn out for this Rotary Club show along Cape Coral Parkway.

But are they here for the art, the food vendors,…

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Added by Geoff Coe on January 14, 2013 at 10:30am — 15 Comments

Heat, Humidity Scuttle Estero FA show (Jan. 5-6, 2013)

I've reviewed this show extensively in the past.  For more background, see my blogpost from 2011.)

Hot, humid weather and white tents make for an unsavory sales environment.  Artists get cranky; customers go brain-dead.   And the high temps and humidity, under mostly sunny blue skies, drove the buyers indoors and scuttled sales at the Estero Fine Art Show in Miromar…

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Added by Geoff Coe on January 7, 2013 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

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